Amateur Hour

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For the colloquialism, see Open mic.
For the radio or television show, see The Original Amateur Hour.
"Amateur Hour"
Sparks - Amateur Hour.jpg
German 7" single
Single by Sparks
from the album Kimono My House
B-side Lost and Found
Released 1974
Format 7", 45rpm
Length 3:37
Label Island
Writer(s) Ron Mael
Producer(s) Muff Winwood
Sparks singles chronology
"This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"
"Amateur Hour"
"Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth"
Music sample

"Amateur Hour" is a song by Sparks. It was released as the second single from their 1974 album Kimono My House. Bassist Martin Gordon was requested to replace his original bass part (recorded using a Rickenbacker 4001 bass) with a Fender Precision bass, belonging to his subsequent replacement in the band. [1]

A re-recording was produced in 1997 for the retrospective Plagiarism album. This new version was given a complete electronic synthpop overhaul and was performed with Erasure.

On 25 June 2009, the song "Amateur Hour" was featured in a stunt when UK magician and mentalist Mark Cairns predicted that radio personality George Lamb would choose the Sparks song, in a free choice from a list of 100 tracks that had been recently played on Lamb's BBC Radio 6 Music show.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Amateur Hour" — 3:37
  2. "Lost and Found" — 3:21


Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
U.K. Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 12
Irish Singles Chart 19


  1. ^ "Kimono My House Sessions * Martin Gordon". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - George Lamb". 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 

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